Mungo MacCallum


Mungo MacCallum
Mungo MacCallum is a political journalist and commentator. His books include Run Johnny Run, Poll Dancing, and Punch and Judy. Visit his blog, The View from Billinudgel.



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Bound by no conventions: Clive Palmer

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Tony Abbott was never looking forward to the recall of parliament, which is why he has put it off for as long as possible. In opposition, parliament was his natural habitat: he could treat it as an arena, a fighting ground where he could rant and bully, …

Bob Carr: There for a good time, not a long time

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Bob Carr has copped a bit of justifiable stick for announcing his resignation from the Senate just six weeks after being elected for a six year term but it was hardly a surprise: despite his protestations to the contrary, it was always obvious that the …

Abbott’s gobbledygook

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Remember what the last election was about? According to the prime minister it was all about trust – about whom we could trust to bring back fair dinkum, grown up honest government and the high standards that go with it.  Well, Tony, we’re …

Catholics, conscience and gay marriage

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AWU warlord Paul Howes may or may not be planning to get into the Senate, but he is certainly acting as if he is already a minister in the making. Last week he announced that he intends to try and change Labor Party policy on gay marriage; rather than …

Withered Greens

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There is an old joke that if you leave three Green politicians alone in a room for an hour, when you get back you will find two new party leaders arguing with a Tibetan monk. For many years the Greens were just not taken seriously: tree huggers, …

Silencing the messenger

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The government’s latest strategy to keep us from being surprised (or indeed, informed) is the well tried and simple one of shooting the messenger.  Thus Tony Abbott has abolished the Climate Change Commission and expunged the commissioner, …

Albo and Shorten: Weighing up the contenders

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The Labor Party is having a real election to choose its new leader, which is a good thing, although a lot of the commentators don’t seem to think so. They are worried that the caucus and the membership may not agree about the best candidate for …

Where to for the Labor Party?

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For the moment, of course, all eyes are on the triumphal Tony Abbott and all the speculation is about how he and his government will perform. But we should also check out the Labor side, and what it does – and what it fails to do – to repair …

Overkill: Labor’s attack fails badly

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In the end, it was a simple case of overkill. Labor was gaining traction over the coalition’s refusal to release its full costings, and Kevin Rudd knew it. So when the shadow Treasurer finally released a partial list of his planned savings, it …

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